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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
"Last But Not Least" (game of the day Feb-15-2015)
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 6, Feb-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0


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  arsen387: Striking win by Anand. Black's mistake was 16..Bf5 which allowed whites to continue attack with tempo (18.g4). 16..Bg4 would be better.

<dramas79: why not 25..Nxe6 for black> After 25..Nxe6 whites have 26.Bxc4!? (to clear the f1 square for R with tempo) bxc4 27.Qh7+ and some lines

1) 27..Kf8 leads to mate in any variation, e.g 28.Rf1+ Bf6 (28..Ke8 29.Qg8+ Bf8 30.Qxg6# or 29..Nf8 30.Rxf8 Bxf8 31.Qxg6#) 29.exf6 exf6 30.Rxf6+ Ke8 31.Qxg6+ and mate in several moves

2) 27..Kf7 28.Rf1+ Nf4 (the only move not to get mated immediately) 29.Rxf4+ Ke6 30.Qxg6+ Kd5 31.Qe4+ Ke6 32.d5+! Rxd5 33.Qf5# seems like mate in any variation.

Cheers to Anand

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  Jim Bartle: White's 25th is quite a move. I wouldn't have considered it no matter how long I looked.

The line if black takes the knight is great, with Bxc4.

The tiny little 27. Be2 is pretty amazing in such a position as well.

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  Eric Schiller: Of course you should look at it. Here is how I'd handle it with my students:

1. Try Qh7 almost mate.
2.Reject it because of Nh7.
3. Now you work out Ne6 Nxe6 Qh7+ doesn't work but then look at Bxc4 so rook can come to f-file.

It isn't easy,but by looking at forcing moves you can find the path.

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  Jim Bartle: Of course I should look at it. But I'm afraid would not have, as I wouldn't have seen the line-opening Bxc4.
Mar-08-12  Savarkar 22: Am surprised noone seems to consider Knight takes Bishop at g7 for white as 27th threatens Qh8+ aftr which things cud get real ugly for Black
Mar-08-12  SimonWebbsTiger: 27. Nxg7 Nf3
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  plang: A month earlier at Wijk-aan-Zee Kasparov had won a brilliancy against Svidler with 10 e6; Anand played the equally sharp 10 h4, in part, to avoid an improvement on the previous game by Svidler. For some reason the alternative 12..Nf6 is hardly mentioned in any of the literature that I have though it looks like it provides the king with more cover. 16..Bf5 was new; 16..Bg4 had been played previously. Anand, with 17 Ng5!, avoided 17 Be2 which would have transposed into Lputian-I.Sokolov Sarajevo 1998 which was won by White but where an improvement by Svidler may have been prepared. Anand does not criticize 17..Rf6 but does suggest the alternative 17..Nd4 18 Nxf7..Kxf7 19 Rc1..e5 20 g4..Be6 21 Bg2..Ra7 with sufficient compensation for the exchange. 20 Nxf6+?!..exf 21 Nf3..Qd7 would have blunted White's attack and given Black very good play for the exchange. 20..Rd6? was the losing move; Svidler recommended 20..Qd7 (with the idea of 21 f3?..Rxf3) with an unclear position. 21..Nxd4 would have lost to 22 Bxd4..Bxe4 23 Bxg7 (23 Qh2 wins as well).. Rxd2 24 Be5. Svidler could have tried 22..Nxd4 but after 23 Bxd4..Rxd4 24 Qf2!..Qf8 25 Qh4..Qf6 26 Be2 White would have been winning. After 29..bxc? Svidler lost immediately; after the stronger 29..Nf7 30 Bd2..Kxf7 31 Bc4 the game would have continued: Kavalek gave 31..e6 (not 31..Rc8? 32 Qh6+!..Nxh6 33 Bxh6+..Kf6 34 0-0+..Qf5 35 g5#) 32 Bh6+..Kg8 33 Bxf8..b3+ 34 Kf1..Kxf8 35 Bxe6..Re7 36 d5 and White should win.
Sep-27-14  Edeltalent: Peter Svidler comments (in very enjoyable fashion as usual) on this game here:
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  piltdown man: Wow! What a beautiful finish!
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  morfishine: Really a great game by both sides. Svidler's positional prowess has not yet matured, but at least for me, I find much to admire in his efforts to extricate himself thru pure tactics.

While Castle-mate is stunning, the theme behind it doesn't go away: White is threatening an elementary attack with Queen + Knight combining against <h7>. The only obstacle preventing this breakthrough is Black's Knight on <f8>. White is working to deflect or eliminate this piece with the simplest method being to place a rook on <f1> followed by <Rxf8>. Although not entirely evident, Black's efforts are aimed at blocking the f-file

Terrific Game <CG>!


Feb-15-15  FSR: Great game. I don't understand the pun.
Feb-15-15  Abdel Irada: Well, *that* concluding move rates an "ooch!"

Feb-15-15  Abdel Irada: <thundershock2k: castling checkmate is sweet! the only thing better is an en passant mate...know of any of those?>

Not really, but I do know en passant makes a great key move in some of my favorite retrograde analysis puzzles.

(E.g.: The first move in a two-move mating series is an en passant capture, but before you can make it, you have to prove that the move is actually available.)

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  offramp: <Abdel Irada: ...The first move in a two-move mating series is an en passant capture, but before you can make it, you have to prove that the move is actually available.)>

That's called an <offramp problem>.

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  offramp: <FSR: Great game. I don't understand the pun.> Perhaps it's something to do with Svidler finishing the tournament equal last? Or white castles "at last" and it is the best move... I can't really help - not one of mine.
Feb-15-15  waustad: I think offramp's second choice nailed it. He castled last, but not least.
Feb-15-15  FairyPromotion: <thundershock2k: castling checkmate is sweet! the only thing better is an en passant mate...know of any of those?>;

<Abdel Irada>

Here's a game that ends with an en passant mate: G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928

Feb-15-15  1 2 3 4: <FSR> one of the opening principles is to castle, here, vishy castled at the end
Feb-15-15  kyg16: If the concept of the pun is the one pointed out by offramp and some other fellows above I think I prefer "Better late than never".

Amazing game. I enjoy Anand's sadism to win the game castling when Rf1+ was equally effective.

Feb-15-15  Abdel Irada: Not sadism necessarily, so much as showmanship.

Feb-15-15  Junbalansag: looks like Svidler had walked into a deeply prepared line. Awesome game by Anand.
Feb-16-15  Abdel Irada: Sadism is more what happens when your opponent refuses to resign despite being eight pawns down, so you underpromote all of them to knights.

(Or better: You promote your a-pawn to a rook, your b-pawn to a knight, your c-pawn to a bishop, and so forth. Once you've assembled all those pieces on their respective positions, you maneuver your king to e8/e1, and then point out that the pieces are now conveniently set up for the next game.)

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  thegoodanarchist: < Eric Schiller: Of course you should look at it. Here is how I'd handle it with my students:

1. Try Qh7 almost mate.
2.Reject it because of Nh7.
3. Now you work out Ne6 Nxe6 Qh7+ doesn't work but then look at Bxc4 so rook can come to f-file.

It isn't easy,but by looking at forcing moves you can find the path.>

Mr. Schiller, thanks for an incredibly instructive comment.

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  Check It Out: Svidler said he told Vishy to castle after he played 30...Kf7. He wasn't going to come this far for the boring 31.Rf1+.
Sep-24-17  Toribio3: Amazing game by the Asia's first World Champion.
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